I'm working on this REO Listing and the family has not moved out yet.
They are supposed to recieve a check upon leaving the property clean & broom swept, but I cannot give it to them until they actually leave.
I know it's not "my problem" that they lost their home and all, but I couldn't help but to feel compassion for them because as of yesterday, they still didn't have a home for their family. It kinda hurt when I had to explain to their 15 year old son that they gotta move out and why. ( The husband and wife don't speak English, so the son had to translate for me). As I stood there, the 2 year old daughter smiled and looked at me with her big beautiful eyes, with not a care or concern in the world, while the 4 year old looked up at me in wonder. I couldn't help but thinking to myself, this is a real family, that are really looking at being displaced within the next few days. The mother wanted to know how much more time they could have, and they had honestly exhausted all of the extensions I could give. She looked tired, sad and depressessed and as a mother of two children myself, my heart went out to here and her family.
I know business is business and all, but at the same time, PEOPLE are PEOPLE. And here would BE no business to conduct if there were no people at the opposite ends of every transaction!
I was so moved with compassion, that I called a hispanic agent who I know is quite successful and explained the situation to him. He said he had two properties that they might be able to get into and he called them right away. After speaking with them he discovered that the husband had finally found someone that would rent to them, and that they would give me the keys by Saturday. I was so happy for them. I just really appreciate the fact that my colleauge was willing to immediately step in and make a help out in a situation that would turn out to be as profitable as his other ventures.
To me, and for me, this business is about HELPING people...real lives, real families to obtain real estate. Everyone deserves a home and place to rest their head for their family whether they can afford a mortgage or not. I believe when we have the right motives, we will reap the rewards as we grow as better people in this business.
You truly can have compassion and make a commission (AND a conscious!) when your heart is in the right place.
God is truly the GREATEST!!